The 33-year-old suspect reportedly fled from Smith’s home, running down the street. when neighbor Jean-Claude Thomas heard the frantic Mom yelling, “My kids, my kids.” Thomas knew something was wrong, so he reportedly hightailed it by foot after Lang, who ran in to a fast-food restaurant and actually sat at a table.
Shortly after, Thomas captured the suspect and held on to him until police arrived. Thomas explained his heroics to WSB-TV, “We’re neighbors, we have to do the right thing, we couldn’t just let him get away.”
Watch news coverage of Smith valiantly protecting her children here:
Meanwhile, the no-nonsense Mom told WSB-TV she is elated that her two boys are safe and felt she made the right decision to fend off the assailant, “It was either let him go and let him do this to someone else or go after him.”
Lang is in custody at the DeKalb County jail and faces kidnapping and burglary charges.